According to reports in the Spanish press, Chelsea are lining up a big money bid for Valencia striker David Villa.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers in recent seasons and he already has 15 goals to his name this season.
He has been linked with a move away from Valencia, with several clubs reportedly interested in securing his services, but it is Chelsea who appear to be front runners to sign him.
Valencian sports newspaper ‘Superdeporte’ claimed that Chelsea’s director of sport Frank Arnesen made contact with Valencia this week to submit a €70million offer.
Villa himself has admitted being flattered linked with a move to the Premiership champions.
“It is always flattering to know that a club of that level is following me,” Villa stated.
“We all want to beat the likes of Barcelona and Inter because the result is news like this appearing.”
However, the Spaniards remain adamant they will not consider his sale, unless his release clause of €126million is met.
“David is not for sale because we need him,” stated Che president Juan Soler.
“Valencia will only accept if his release clause is met and I warn clubs that are interested in him.”